If you're a new runner or training for your first 5K, you may be wondering, “What should I wear when running?” As with any aerobic activity, running becomes more comfortable when you wear clothing that keeps you properly ventilated. The good news is you really don't need a lot of fancy running gear or expensive clothing to be a successful runner.
Table of Contents:
- What should you wear running?
- How do you protect your feet when running?
- How to keep your hands warm while running?
- How to stay safe running at night?
- How to stop sweat getting in your eyes when running?
- What should I wear on my head when running?
- What running clothes should I wear?
- How to carry a phone while running?
- What should you wear for a morning run?
- What do you need to do to protect your eyes on a run?
- How to stay hydrated while running?
- What should you not wear when running?
- Why should you not wear cotton while running?
- Why can’t you wear sweatpants when you are out for a longer run?
- Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen
- Should you wear new gear on race day?
Things you need when running!
If you want your runs to be as comfortable and safe as possible, here are essential items to consider.
• Running Shoes
Wearing the wrong type of shoe is actually one of the most common causes of running injuries. Unfortunately, a lot of people underestimate a good pair of running shoes and would even purchase one based on the price or look. However, there’s more to the price or appearance of running shoes. Make sure to leave half a centimeter of space between the big toe and the end of the shoe.
• Running Socks
It is essential you invest in high-quality running socks as they can provide you with an additional grip that will help stabilize your feet inside the shoes.
• Running Gloves
Running gloves can keep your hands warm, especially when you run during the cold season. You would be surprised how cold your hands can get when the temperature is in the high 40s. Gloves can also be helpful to prevent wounds should you fall while you are running.
Our Touchscreen Running Gloves are available in various sizes, and aside from being touchscreen compatible, they are made from a breathable and quick-drying material to keep your hands warm and dry.
• Reflective Gear
Our Touchscreen Reflective Gloves will add more reflective accents to your outfit while they keep your hands warm. These gloves are also touchscreen compatible, which will let you handle your devices easily while you are out on a run.
Another reflective accent you can wear is a reflective running beanie. Aside from that reflective accent, it will retain body heat to keep you warm during those cold nights. They also keep your head protected from getting a sunburn when you are out running during the day. The material is lightweight and breathable and will help wick moisture away.
• Sweat Bands
One of the biggest benefits of wearing sweatbands when you are running is they can prevent sweat from dripping into your eyes. They can also keep your hair from your face and keep you cool by wicking away moisture.
Opt for a headband that can absorb sweat. Ideally, it should be made from a silky, soft, elastic material that is comfortable to wear and will stay in place. This is a comfortable solution to control sweat and will fit snugly.
• Running Beanies
The blood vessels on the surface of the head constrict very little in response to cold. A cold head can trigger blood vessel constriction in the other parts of the body, which is why you get cold hands and feet despite mittens, warm socks, and shoes.
A running beanie retains body heat and wicks away moisture. It is made from super Roubaix fabric, which is a breathable material that will make you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
• Running Clothes
When looking for running clothes, choose comfortable ones. Also, make sure that they come with UPF50+ protection to protect your skin from harmful rays of the sun.
• Running Belt
A running belt works like an armband, but it is strapped around your waist. Its main purpose is to hold your valuables while you are out for a run. It can carry water bottles, hold your phone, and keys while you are running.
• Sun Protection
Do not forget to wear your sunscreen when you are out running during the day. Your sunscreen will keep you protected from harmful UV rays.
Sunglasses can prevent debris and other elements from getting into your eyes.
One of the things you should never forget when you are out running is a bottle of water. If you are running for long hours during the day, it is essential to have enough water supply. You can also get yourself a hydration waist pack to hold all of your water supplies, or a backpack with access to a water bladder.
What Not To Wear During A Run
Now that you know what to look for when it comes to the basic essentials for running, you should also be advised of features to avoid.
Cotton clothes may seem like a good idea to wear for running because they stink less. However, the downside to this is that it absorbs every ounce of sweat.
When your clothing is moist for long periods, there is a higher chance of bacterial growth. Choose sweat-wicking fabrics that are made specifically for running.
If it is cold outside and you wear a pair of sweats, you are going to get wet and stay wet, which will eventually lead to you feeling cold throughout the run. This is not only uncomfortable but it is dangerous as well, as it can lead you to feel sick.
Overly thick layers will make you overheat, sweat too much, and you will feel cold when you take everything off. It is best to dress in thin, wicking layers to ensure you do not sweat excessively.
New Gear On Race Day
Wearing new gear on race day may set you up for discomfort, which is something you do not want to happen on race day. So, if you have new gear, wear it several times first and see if it gives you the comfort you need.
Running is a pretty low-maintenance sport and there are plenty of money-saving tips for runners. It’s essential to wear the right gear that will make you feel comfortable and ensure you get the best out of your running routine.
Our gloves, beanies, and headbands are excellent choices to add to your running gear. Here at GearTOP if you enjoy the outdoors as much as we do, then you're in for a treat.